Matt Richmond http://wrvo.org en Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-decison-may-impact-more-just-oil-and-gas-industry <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">In a decision released last week, the highest court in New York ruled that local governments can ban drilling within their borders. And while hydrofracking remains on hold in the state, the ruling is expected to have a huge impact on the industry in New York if fracking is eventually permitted.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:22:28 +0000 Matt Richmond 58546 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders http://wrvo.org/post/court-appeals-rules-towns-can-ban-fracking-within-their-borders <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York’s highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield. Fracking opponents hope to now spread the bans to towns that were waiting for the court’s final ruling.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:55:13 +0000 Matt Richmond 58161 at http://wrvo.org Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-defeats-tenney-gop-primary-22nd-district <p>Rep. Richard Hanna is all but guaranteed a third term in the House of Representatives after he beat back a challenge from the political right in Tuesday's Republican Party primary.</p><p>Hanna, R-Barneveld,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came out on top in a challenge from the more conservative Claudia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tenney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">assemblywoman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She said Hanna was too moderate.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Matt Richmond 57868 at http://wrvo.org Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District National study finds elevated rates of cancer and neurological disease amongst IBM Endicott workers http://wrvo.org/post/national-study-finds-elevated-rates-cancer-and-neurological-disease-amongst-ibm-endicott <p></p><p>Like many in Endicott, Wanda Hudak has a long history with IBM.</p><p>There’s a clear view of the company’s campus, now the Huron campus, from the garden in her backyard. She’s lived in Endicott her whole life, and worked at IBM as a nurse during the 1970s before becoming the town’s representative on the county legislature.</p><p>“I’m a real hard-nose 'I love Endicott' girl, ok?" Hudak said. "My dad worked in the Endicott-Johnson factory. My mom was a wonderful seamstress, made a good living doing that. I went to school at Union-Endicott.”</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:01:46 +0000 Matt Richmond 50276 at http://wrvo.org National study finds elevated rates of cancer and neurological disease amongst IBM Endicott workers Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy? http://wrvo.org/post/whose-fault-was-norse-energys-bankruptcy <p></p><p>New York’s hold on high-volume hydrofracking has entered its sixth year. Norse Energy first tried to stay afloat until fracking was approved, but then gave up and converted to Chapter 7, a complete shutdown of operations. The company and fracking supporters cited the state’s de facto moratorium as the obvious culprit.</p><p>Norse’s former chief legal officer Dennis Holbrook says drillers just can’t compete anymore using the drilling methods still allowed in New York.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:41:38 +0000 Matt Richmond 46620 at http://wrvo.org Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy? Researcher looks for Alzheimer's diagnosis in speech patterns http://wrvo.org/post/researcher-looks-alzheimers-diagnosis-speech-patterns <p>A Binghamton researcher is launching a study that he hopes will help with early diagnosis of Alzheimer&#39;s disease. David Shaffer is looking for Alzheimer&rsquo;s patients so he can record their voices. Shaffer believes if he can get enough samples and enough funding, he could pinpoint how a deteriorating brain reveals itself in speech patterns, because so much of the brain is involved in speaking.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:52:46 +0000 Matt Richmond 45344 at http://wrvo.org Researcher looks for Alzheimer's diagnosis in speech patterns Fuel cell grant powers hydrogen-powered bus development http://wrvo.org/post/fuel-cell-grant-powers-hydrogen-powered-bus-development <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 44036 at http://wrvo.org Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/area-lawmakers-weigh-upcoming-syria-vote <p>As Congress begins to debate a resolution to authorize United States military action in Syria, members of the New York congressional delegation are expressing their opinion publicly about what should be done.</p><p>Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents parts of the Finger Lakes and Souther Tier regions, has been conducting a listening tour in his district to gather opinions from his constituents.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:18:48 +0000 Matt Richmond, Gino Geruntino & Catherine Loper 43629 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking case will be heard in New York Court of Appeals http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-case-will-be-heard-new-york-court-appeals <p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:12:57 +0000 Matt Richmond 43433 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking case will be heard in New York Court of Appeals Debate over Cayuga Power Plant intensifies the fight on fracking http://wrvo.org/post/debate-over-cayuga-power-plant-intensifies-fight-fracking <p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:21:46 +0000 Matt Richmond 42575 at http://wrvo.org Lawsuit challenges change to dairy regulation http://wrvo.org/post/lawsuit-challenges-change-dairy-regulation <p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:41:07 +0000 Matt Richmond 42177 at http://wrvo.org Lawsuit challenges change to dairy regulation Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion http://wrvo.org/post/binghamton-urban-farmers-ask-city-laws-ease-expansion <p>Johan Jelsma is taking me on a tour of his garden on the West Side of Binghamton. He rattles off the names of plants in just one small patch of his yard:</p><p>“Eggplants, Brussels sprouts, a little bit of remnants of peas left and cucumber, melon.”</p><p>Jelsma's entire yard is taken over by a garden of vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. He says some passersby describe it as the wild yard.</p><p>“I didn’t like grass per se. I mean I like laying on it, I like running but I definitely don’t enjoy mowing.”</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:09:49 +0000 Matt Richmond 41145 at http://wrvo.org Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion Endicott Interconnect files for bankruptcy, layoffs may follow http://wrvo.org/post/endicott-interconnect-files-bankruptcy-layoffs-may-follow <p>Southern Tier-based Endicott Interconnect Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. The Broome County high-tech manufacturer, which employs approximately 600 people, plans to continue operations as it reorganizes.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:13:18 +0000 Matt Richmond 41089 at http://wrvo.org Debate over coal plant shows challenges of energy transition http://wrvo.org/post/debate-over-coal-plant-shows-challenges-energy-transition <p></p><p>Once every week, a freight train loaded with coal makes its way through Ithaca to the coal-fired power plant north of town in Lansing, on the shore of Cayuga Lake. Those shipments may stop soon.</p><p>The state’s Public Service Commission is considering the future of the Lansing plant. The pending decision has sparked a local debate that says a lot about the challenges New York will face if it’s serious about switching to new sources of power.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:49:32 +0000 Matt Richmond 40218 at http://wrvo.org Debate over coal plant shows challenges of energy transition Critics of Cuomo's tax-free initiative speak out http://wrvo.org/post/critics-cuomos-tax-free-initiative-speak-out <p>At a rally Tuesday in Albany, labor advocates protested Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest economic development program. The program, Tax-Free NY, is a new spin on an old economic tool.<br><br>“I think tax-free zones are a horrible idea right now. I think that these programs have been tried in the past. We’ve called them empire zones, job incentive programs, we know through history that these simply do not work,” said Ron Deutsch from the left-leaning New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.<br> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:04:30 +0000 Matt Richmond 39430 at http://wrvo.org Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-and-beekeepers-respond-colony-collapse <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">Since 2006, honey bees have been abandoning seemingly healthy hives in large numbers, raising alarm among beekeepers, farmers and researchers. But, the industries that are dependent on honey bees are finding ways to manage the losses. </span> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:45:28 +0000 Matt Richmond 38239 at http://wrvo.org Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms http://wrvo.org/post/immigration-reform-would-address-labor-shortages-ny-farms-0 <p>As lawmakers in the Senate's Judiciary Committee debate the immigration reform bill released last month, farmers in New York State are hoping to find enough workers to fully staff their operations. It's a yearly struggle in New York and nationwide and according to <a href="https://www.farmcrediteast.com/News-and-Events/News/20111005GuestWorkerTestimony.aspx" target="_blank">a report by Farm Credit East</a>, more than 1000 farms in New York could close or shrink by two-thirds if immigration laws were fully enforced. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:42:51 +0000 Matt Richmond 38005 at http://wrvo.org Immigration reform would address labor shortages on NY farms Court upholds 'home rule' over drilling laws http://wrvo.org/post/court-upholds-home-rule-over-drilling-laws <p>In two separate rulings Thursday, New York's appellate court, the state's second highest court, ruled that the state's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML) does not preempt municipal land use laws. Thu, 02 May 2013 17:48:42 +0000 Matt Richmond & Matthew Leonard 37177 at http://wrvo.org Court upholds 'home rule' over drilling laws Elmira faces ups and downs of gas business http://wrvo.org/post/elmira-faces-ups-and-downs-gas-business <p>The City of Elmira is just seven miles from the Pennsylvania border. And for four years, the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier crossed over the border and boosted Elmira’s economy. But that boom has slowed down. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:47:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 36333 at http://wrvo.org Elmira faces ups and downs of gas business Connecting farmers to restaurants in Binghamton http://wrvo.org/post/connecting-farmers-restaurants-binghamton <p>In New York’s central region, there are hundreds of farms selling meat and produce directly to the public, and a Binghamton group is working to connect restaurants with those farms. The downtown Binghamton restaurant Lost Dog Café recently held a "Meet the Farmer" event. Sixty people attended a catered dinner in the back of the busy restaurant. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 36486 at http://wrvo.org Connecting farmers to restaurants in Binghamton Chenango County named latest foreign trade zone in N.Y. http://wrvo.org/post/chenango-county-named-latest-foreign-trade-zone-ny <p>In March, the federal government awarded Chenango County, northeast of Binghamton, foreign trade zone status. That means county businesses can import goods without paying a tariff. They also pay a lower tariff if those goods are sold within the United States and no tariff if the final product is exported. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:10:35 +0000 Matt Richmond 36335 at http://wrvo.org Startup uses sensors to find cause of knee pain http://wrvo.org/post/startup-uses-sensors-find-cause-knee-pain <p>Tim Cortesi is a software engineer at a downtown Binghamton company called <a href="http://www.sonostics.com/home/" target="_blank">Sonostics</a>. At the company's offices in Binghamton's startup incubator, he sticks four small patches attached to wires onto the muscles around his knee. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:03:24 +0000 Matt Richmond 35691 at http://wrvo.org Startup uses sensors to find cause of knee pain Arguments over fracking bans focus on one sentence http://wrvo.org/post/arguments-over-fracking-bans-focus-one-sentence <p>Oral arguments were completed Thursday in the case that will decide whether New York towns have the right to ban gas drilling. The case comes down to how the panel of four judges will interpret a single sentence. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:47:50 +0000 Matt Richmond 35152 at http://wrvo.org Arguments over fracking bans focus on one sentence Jury still out on Cuomo's Energy Highway blueprint http://wrvo.org/post/jury-still-out-cuomos-energy-highway-blueprint <p>On a residential street outside of Albany, there is a discreet red-brick building. There’s no sign telling drivers that the flow of all the electricity in New York state is being controlled inside. The organization at the controls is the <a href="http://www.nyiso.com/public/index.jsp">New York Independent System Operators</a> (NYISO). They’re a non-profit created after New York’s energy markets were opened up in the '90s.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:29:25 +0000 Matt Richmond 34890 at http://wrvo.org Jury still out on Cuomo's Energy Highway blueprint Some Southern Tier air traffic towers facing closure http://wrvo.org/post/some-southern-tier-air-traffic-towers-facing-closure <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The regional airports in Ithaca and Binghamton would both lose their air traffic controllers if federal budget cuts known as sequestration take full effect. The first round of closures begins April 7. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:41:14 +0000 Matt Richmond 34471 at http://wrvo.org $25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York http://wrvo.org/post/25-million-goes-expand-broadband-access-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The state's Connect NY Broadband Grant program awarded $25 million to 18 projects on Tuesday. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:01:07 +0000 Matt Richmond 34402 at http://wrvo.org $25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York Broome County opens Office of Energy Development http://wrvo.org/post/broome-county-opens-office-energy-development <p>The Broome County Legislature recently approved a new Office of Energy Development, but the purpose of the office is not clear. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:55:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 33858 at http://wrvo.org Fracking delay could take weeks or much longer http://wrvo.org/post/fracking-delay-could-take-weeks-or-much-longer <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">On Tuesday, New York state officials announced another delay of their final decision on hydrofracking. The Department of Environmental Conservation will wait for a report on the health protections in its environmental review of fracking. Then the environmental review can be completed. The delay could be less than a month or it could be much longer. But o</span>ne thing is clear - the delayed health review is now the key factor in deciding whether or not fracking will go ahead in New York. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:49:15 +0000 Matt Richmond 33412 at http://wrvo.org Fracking delay could take weeks or much longer Millions in incentives go to firearms industry in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/millions-incentives-go-firearms-industry-new-york-state <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">As the nation has been focused on gun control since the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, additional attention is now being paid to the incentives going to the gun industry in New York. </span> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:18:10 +0000 Matt Richmond 32826 at http://wrvo.org Millions in incentives go to firearms industry in New York state Officials bring gun control law to forums across the state http://wrvo.org/post/officials-bring-gun-control-law-forums-across-state <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Two weeks after passing new gun control measures, New York officials have begun holding public forums to discuss what’s in the law. Forums have been held in Lake Placid, near Buffalo, Rochester and in Oswego. At Tuesday's forum in Endwell, Broome County, about 100 attendees came out to raise their questions and vent their frustrations over the new law. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:21:45 +0000 Matt Richmond 32617 at http://wrvo.org Officials bring gun control law to forums across the state